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Barbara Jones - Ambassador of Ireland to the Kingdom of Sweden

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Welcome Message

Fáilte chuig suíomh gréasáin Ambasáid na hÉireann sa tSualainn agus tá súil agam go bhfaighfidh tú an t-eolas nó an tseirbhís atá á lorg agat anseo.

Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Ireland in Sweden and I hope you find the information or the service you are looking for here.

I would like to introduce myself and the work of my team here at the Embassy. My name is Barbara Jones and I’ve been Ambassador to Sweden since September 6th 2023. My CV can be found here.

My goals as Ambassador are to serve our wonderful Irish community here; to strengthen political, economic and cultural relations between Ireland and Sweden and to implement the goals of the Nordic Strategy in collaboration with my colleagues in Team Ireland – i.e. the Embassy network in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark as well as Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia, Tourism Ireland and IDA Ireland.

I recently presented my letters of credence, co-signed by President Higgins and the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin, to His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf. The King knows Ireland well and he gave me a warm and encouraging welcome to Sweden and very best wishes for the success of the work of the Embassy team.

The heart of our work at the Embassy is to serve Irish citizens living, working, investing studying or perhaps just visiting Sweden. Another main focus of the Embassy's work is to support our dynamic Irish community and its vibrant constellation of cultural, business and sporting organisations. The website ireland.ie/sweden is new and provides a list of useful resources which we hope will be of use in understanding Sweden. I also want to encourage you to reach out to the Embassy team with your queries – big or small.

The team is comprised of a six fantastic local personnel and two diplomatic officers posted from Ireland. Aideen Cooney leads on the implementation of Ireland’s Nordic Strategy in the region, working to promote collaboration and coherence across all our Embassies, Government Departments and State Agencies in the Nordic region and to strengthen our political, economic, cultural, institutional and community links. Doreen Burke is the Deputy Head of Mission, strengthening Ireland’s bilateral relations with Sweden, managing the consular services of the Embassy and is the contact point for engagement with community organisations.  

The Government has developed a new strategy for our relations with Sweden and the Nordic region, called the Nordic Strategy, which I referenced earlier. A priority goal of the strategy is to expand research and business connections with Swedish and regional partners on climate, sustainability and energy matters and that we accelerate climate action together for the benefit of all.

The Nordic Strategy also requires us to strengthen economic ties and to multiply educational links for students and between educational bodies. Ireland’s trade with Sweden is another core objective. Thanks to the brilliant work of Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia here, Ireland’s exports continue to grow steadily and I look forward to helping that great effort all day and every day.

Le gach dea-ghuí / With Best Wishes/ Med vänliga hälsningar,

Barbara Jones

Ambassador of Ireland